By Ann Aguirre
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
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My Thoughts:We first get to meet Lauren Barrett in the first book of the 2B trilogy, I Want It That Way. She is Nadia’s roommate, struggling with trying to be someone she is not at the college they both decided to go to as high school students in Sharon, Nebraska. Unfortunately, once there, things do not go as planned. Ultimately, she makes the decision to leave school to return home.
Rob Conrad is Nadia’s older brother. Having spent his life in the shadow of his little sister, he has always been forced to live a role that has not always been the one he wanted. When Lauren comes home, he finds himself drawn to her again and he continually fights these feelings for her.
While their friendship continues to grow, the support they offer to each other becomes a lifeline that neither expected to have in their life. When the friendship keeps fighting to become more, they need to make the decision on whether their friendship will be able to withstand the risk.
Ms. Aguirre’s second book within the 2B trilogy has taken me further into Lauren’s character. Readers of the first book know that something had happened, she teased us with this information in book one, but we are not certain as to what. Secrets are divulged and connections are strengthened, rather than broken apart. However, the story cannot be all kittens and rainbows so when Rob is made an unexpected but well deserved offered, he would not think twice about giving up his dream for Lauren. Lauren’s reaction made me pause and consider what I would have done—as any great book can make you do. Pause and reflect! Lauren and Rob are both left with time to do some soul searching and figuring out what they both need from life, and whether that can include each other.
The New Adult genre has taken some flack because there are some who feel that it is too racy or it is all about sex and bedroom scenes. There are authors who know that this is not the case and add Ann Aguirre to that list! Through her excellent character development, story pacing and resolutions, I cannot help but fall in love with the 2B Trilogy.